What does it mean, to be both human and monster? DIFFERENT BEASTS considers this question with twelve stories about the beasts we carry with us, invoke in others and fend off in the night.

Winner of the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Speculative Fiction 

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“This is involving, often surprising, tension-filled short fiction told with a cinematic eye – the kind of storytelling that burns certain images into the reader’s mind… I’m confident that readers will find something to their delight — or their horror — in Different Beasts.” – Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

“This is a brilliant collection.” – Alissa York, author of The Naturalist 

“The bizarre, disturbing events unfold like a story by Stuart McLean channelling H.P. Lovecraft.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“Poignant and evocative… DIFFERENT BEASTS creates a series of specific worlds that linger long after the story is finished. It is a collection not easily forgotten.” – Ottawa Review of Books  

“DIFFERENT BEASTS made me fall in love with the craft of short stories all over again… This is the work of a writer of beastly talent, vision and guts.” – Brian Francis, author of Break in Case of Emergency

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J.R. McConvey is a writer and producer working in Toronto, Ontario. His stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize, and the Matrix Lit Pop award, and appeared in the Malahat Review, portrait Joyland, EVENT, The Puritan, The New Quarterly and other publications. He won the 2016 Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction. DIFFERENT BEASTS is his first book. 

As a producer, McConvey explores emerging forms like interactive documentary and virtual and augmented reality. His productions include The National Parks ProjectNorthwords, Mission Asteroid, and the CSA-nominated 360 film project, SESQUI.

  • 2016 Journey Prize shortlist, “How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel
  • 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize, Second Place, “Between the Pickles”
  • 2014 CSA Nomination, Best Science/Nature Documentary, “Mission Asteroid”
  • 2011 Genie Award, Best Short Documentary, “Sirmilik”
  • 2011 Gemini Award, Best Arts or Performing Arts Documentary Series, The National Parks Project

“I see dreamed landscapes as plainly as real ones.”  — Fernando Pessoa

Photo: James Heaslip